LeBron James explains why he was fine with Channing Frye's ejection

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Fresh off the back of their impressive road win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers showed the polar opposite side of their game in Utah as they fell to the Jazz. 

The final night of their four-game Western Conference road trip saw the Cavaliers lose 94-85 to the Jazz, who still hold an outside chance of making the playoffs.

While they were imperious and looked like title contenders during their win at the Staples Center, the bad habits that have plagued their season reared their ugly head on Tuesday evening. 

Their night was summed up with just over four minutes remaining as Channing Frye was ejected for his second technical of the night following an altercation with Jazz rookie Trey Lyles. 

Having been handed a technical earlier in the game, Frye picked up his second after he squared up and went nose-to-nose with Lyle, who himself given a flagrant two after a below the belt elbow. 

The Jazz held an 11 point at this point and saw out the game to hand Cleveland their 19th defeat of the season. Much of the talk post-game surrounded the confrontation between the two players, but rather than resent his teammate, LeBron James insisted he 'loved it'.

James, who ended the night with 23 points off 50 percent shooting from the field along with 12 rebounds, insisted the response of Frye was nothing personal towards Lyles.

He said it was just the former Orlando Magic stretch-four not standing down; the element the four-time All-Star admitted he loved. 

As per ESPN, the number 23 said: "He's a vet, he's not going to let [that happen], and not against Trey, but anybody. It's nothing personal against Trey; it's the game and being able to stick up for himself. But I love that side."

Since moving to the Quicken Loans Arena on trade deadline day, Frye has been in impressive form. Having originally seen his minutes limited in Tyronn Lue's rotation, the 32-year-old is posting impressive statistics. 

Shooting 46.2 percent from behind the arc and 50 percent from the field, Frye is averaging 7.1 points per 14.8 minutes of play. But it is his effectiveness on the court alongside LeBron that will excite Cleveland fans as the regular season draws to a close.

He has only shared the court with the Cavaliers' main man for 58 minutes, but in that time, they have been outscoring opponents by an incredible 42.6 points per 100 possessions. 

Frye appears to have found his feet in Ohio and has slotted well into the system; with the playoffs fast approaching, could he be the piece in the jigsaw that finally earns LeBron his championship ring in Cleveland? 

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